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Thursday, December 28, 2006

New Years





Have you thought about your New Years Resolutions yet?

I'm thinking mine should be:
1. To get better organized
2. To do more stamping
3. To complete some scrapbooks that need to be finished.
4. To make more images for stamps.

I made myself a page at MySpace. You should check it out. The address is http://www.myspace.com/mypapermoon. It was a lot of fun to do, and I can keep in touch with my friends and family.

Do you have any plans for New Years? Any parties to go to? Having friends and family in?

We're going to Savannah to visit my step-son who is going back to Iraq in January. He's stationed at Ft. Stewart, in Hinesville, GA, which is very close to Savannah. It's going to be another l-o-n-g year...

Toodles...will talk with you later.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Whew!



I feel just like this polar bear...whew!

I had a wonderful Christmas, how about you? I got something I've been wanting for a long time...a Scor-It Board! Can't wait to make some cards with it. And, my sweetie got me a circle of love necklace. Awwww.... I would have been completely happy with no gifts at all....I got to spend money on my 2 sweeties, Rachel and Emilie, and they had a wonderful Christmas. I think they got everything they wanted except the Butterscotch Pony. So, they had a good Christmas, which means I had a good Christmas.

Scott fixed dinner for us all...we had prime rib, rolls, greek salad, and presley made deviled eggs and his mom brought green bean casserole.

I got signed up on My Space, so I can keep in touch with my family, who is spread out all over the country. If you want to take a look, the url is www.myspace.com/mypapermoon.

We'll be spending New Years in Savannah. Woohoo!

Talk to you again, soon...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Twas the day before the day before Christmas Eve



Ah, Friday...

I dressed for work this morning in Scott's elf outfit, complete with curled toe shoes, and elf hat. I must say I looked smashing. LOL

It wasn't busy, so after I did payroll and went to the bank, I came home at 11:30. I like days like that! :-)

It's softly raining. I like that. It would be better if we would get some cold weather for Christmas, but I don't think it's gonna happen. It's 80 degrees right now, and the temperature would have to drop drastically. But rain is good. The grass is freshly mowed and the smell of grass and rain is nice.

I got a card from Paula Deen! For those of you who don't know, Paula Deen owns some restaurants in Savannah, GA, and has some cooking shows on TV. A very southern lady. I mailed her a copy of the cookbook I had printed of my mother's recipes, and she sent me a thank you card. How sweet is that?

I got my Chinese Chews made last night, and let me tell you, they are good! I took some to work today, and they didn't last long.

I helped Scott put together some fruit salad for a family get-together tomorrow at my neice, Kathy's house. My sisters are coming from out of state/town, and they and my brother and various family members will be there. It will be the first time all 4 of us have been together since my Mom passed away in 2001. We'll have a great time, I'm sure.

So, it may be a few days before you hear from me again. Have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday - again!

The time is flying! I still have cookies to make, lights to see, and gifts to wrap! I need more time! I need an elf helper.


Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love the hustle and bustle, the shopping, the parties, the love of family and friends. The baking, the expressions on the faces of my granddaughters as they open their gifts on Christmas morning, and the general feeling of love all around. It's too bad that Christmas is the only time some people show that love and compassion for others. The world would be a better place if we could all keep that Christmas spirit all year round.

One of my favorite Christmas Cookie recipes:

Chinese Chews

3/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. chopped dates
Confectioners sugar

Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT confectioners sugar. Bake in bread pan at 360 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut into small squares while hot and roll in your hands. Watch out! It's hot! Dip in confectioner's sugar and let cool.

These are yummy!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Weekend



Happy Monday!

Whew! Another whirlwind weekend!

And you know what? I love my husband! He's given me the best Christmas present ever by giving me money to make sure Rachel and Emilie had good Christmases. That's worth more than all the presents in the world!

Now on to my weekend.

Saturday morning I went looking for red and green T-shirts, since Scott decided he wanted to be an elf for the party we were going to Saturday night. None to be found, however, I did find an "Elf Gone Wild" t-shirt in red and a t-shirt in green that he could use to make his costume. He bought an elf hat, and since he already had red and green tights and elf shoes, he was almost all set. I had to make him a "naughty and nice" book to write names and we bought him a candy cane pen to use. I'll post pictures when I get them. His costume turned out rather well.

I also did a mountain of laundry on Saturday, so I was ready for some fun.

We got to the party around 7 p.m., and everyone had a good laugh. At around 8 p.m. Santa showed up! It was a hoot because Santa was his good friend, Dave, and we didn't know Dave was showing up as Santa, and Dave didn't know Scott was showing up as an elf. They even "sang" karaoke "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" together - if you can call it singing. It sounded more like something in a lot of pain. :-) But we had a really good time.

Sunday morning we got up early, did some shopping at the grocery store, and I wrapped all the presents I had bought.

Scott and I weren't buying for each other this year, but I'll tell you what I got him, if you promise not to tell. Promise? All righty then, I'll tell you. I put together an "I'm nuts about you" box. I bought a huge can of whole cashews, a huge can of mixed nuts, a summer sausage, 4 packs of microwave popcorn, and 4 DVD's. Now he'll have a weekend survival kit.

And I know he bought me something, too, because Christy let slip that they had to wrap "them". That means more than one, right? Hmmmm...wonder what it is....they are conspiring, because last night when we were at their house, they were whispering together. She never could keep secrets....I'll make her spill....

We took naps and watched TV and read and went for chinese food, and had a lazy day on Sunday. Which I needed, very badly.

Friday, December 15, 2006

TGIF

Happy Friday!



Glad the weekend is coming up. I can use the time off to refresh myself. It's been a whirlwind few weeks, with weekends being busy, too. And I'm tired.

Got my orders mailed out this morning. Glad I had the postage already on them. The lines at the post office are l-o-n-g.

I think we are going to spend New Years in Savannah. Scotty will be going back to Iraq in January, so it will be our last time to see him for a year. I worry about him going back. He's going to the not nice area this time. His dad will be a basket case for the next year. But we made it through this once and we can do it again.

Do you have any plans for the weekend? I need to get to the cemetary sometime this weekend and put poinsettias on the graves of my parents. I HAVE to do laundry this weekend. We also are going to a Christmas party Saturday night at Sandy's Grille. We always have a lot of fun there.

Missed my buddy, Rachel, this morning. She always fixes my coffee right, and she didn't come by this morning.

Ya'll have a great weekend! Don't party too much, and get that shopping done!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Thursday...



Good afternoon. It's a dreary day here in Sebastian. The sun would like to come out, but it's been drizzling rain all morning. It would have been a good day to sleep in....alas, work calls.

I'm having a 12 Days of Christmas promotion, and will draw a name per day from the orders I receive until Christmas. The lucky winner will get a mini grab bag. Seems like a good deal to me. Come on over to http://www.mypapermoon.com and get in on the excitement.

Rachel brought me some cookies this morning that she helped her Mom make last night. Snickerdoodles and Cat Crap Cookies. Mmmmmm.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Are you listening to Christmas carols? Do you have any parties you're going to attend?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Gingerbread Houses and Weekends



One of the things Rachel wanted to do this year was to make a Gingerbread House. Well, we did it! The pictures aren't real clear, but the house is still standing, and it'd decorated, and nothing has caved in or fallen off!



It's been a busy, busy week since I last posted. Saturday I went Christmas shopping - and finished up.

Saturday night we went to Scott's Christmas party at Shutters at the Disney Beach Resort. It was very nice. It's fun to see people you only get to see once a year.

The Space Shuttle launch Saturday night was also spectacular. I love night launches. This one lit up the whole sky when they hit the gas, and you could see it very well. Beautiful.

Sunday Christy called and wanted me to go Christmas shopping with her, so I went, and finished up my shopping - AGAIN! I think this time I am really done unless I think of something else I need to get. It's been fun this year to shop.

Last night Rachel and I made the gingerbread house, and I think I might wrap presents tonight.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Tuesday

Hello and Happy Tuesday. The weather yesterday turned cooler, which I like, but I wasn't dressed for it. I had to go home at noon and put warmer clothes on. LOL

Found out Monday that my son-in-law lost his job. Three weeks before Christmas, and no job. Not good timing. I intend to see that the girls have a good Christmas, though. This is the first year I have had any money (thanks to Scott), and I'm spending it all on Rachel and Emilie.

I opened up the house yesterday so we could have all that fresh air. I'm hot at night, so I don't sleep with a lot of covers. And since I have a mouse in my house and we are making the cats sleep inside, I don't get up to let them in and out all night long, so I slept soundly. Maybe too soundly, because today my back has a kink in it.

Stamping Project: For Christmas I'm altering yearly planners. It's been fun. I bought the planners with the slip off clear vinyl covers. I got them pretty cheap at the dollar store. Took the vinyl cover off, measured and cut cardstock to fit the outside cover and attached it with adhesive. I used Yes glue on some, and regular adhesive on the others. I think I like the regular adhesive best. Yes took a long time to dry, and the paper had a tendency to slide.

After the cardstock was attached to the cover, I gathered up stamps and embellishments and went to work. I'll post a picture maybe tomorrow, if I get a chance to scan some of them. Each one is different, and I tried to make it to match the personality of the person who will receive it.

Gotta go for now...talk again soon.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Fun Weekend

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Sometimes life gets in the way!

Anyway, Saturday afternoon I had to run some errands, and on the way I passed a sign that said "Parade Float Staging Area". Parade? What parade? I didn't know there was a parade. Hmmm.

Anyway, I did my errands and got home around 5:30 p.m. Hubby, Scott, was going to grill steaks, with a greek salad, but my mind was racing.

I called Christy to see what Emilie and Rachel were doing, but she wasn't home. Neither was Rachel, it turns out. She was at her other grandmother's. At this point I still don't even know what time the parade starts.

After a couple of phone calls I find out it starts at 6 p.m. Yikes! I'd better get a move on. Scott says to take Em to the parade, he'll wait on fixing dinner.

So, I call Presley and ask what Em's doing. She's taking a nap. Well, how long has she been asleep? About an hour. Well, wake her up and get her dressed, we're going to a parade. Okay, but she was nasty when I put her to bed. Get her up anyway.

So, I get to their house, and Em is ready and sitting on her bed. Not in a good mood. I talk her into going anyway. We get in the car and she is instantly a good child. I don't know if she's had supper or not, but we'll find something to snack on while we watch the parade.

So, we did. We got there about 6 p.m., but the parade started north of us, so we got there in plenty of time. It was just a short parade, but Emilie was delightful. She waved to the people in the parade and wished them a Merry Christmas.

Then we came home and ate by candlelight (and firelight) in the backyard. We toasted marshmallows (she didn't like them), then we came inside and made a few snowflakes at a really cool website, then she went to bed and watched TV (after snacking with Scott) until she fell asleep.

Then, this morning, at first light, up pops Emilie. She has this thing about getting up as soon as the sun comes up. We went to the kitchen, where she stamped awhile and we sang songs, until Scott got up. She got tickled because he was in his underwear. She has the cutest giggle and a smile that will stop your heart.

We went to breakfast, where she ate a lot of French toast. She LOVES French toast. I could have made it for her, but it's more fun to go out and have French toast and "cow's milk". I don't know where she got the "cow's milk" from, but it's cute.

After a short trip to the grocery store, where she was a gem, we took her home.

I stamped awhile this afternoon and Scott created a new dish that was yummy. And now it's off to bed so I can start a new week (and hopefully keep up with this better) tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Confused...and the story of the cat door

Boy, am I confused. I don't know what day I thought yesterday was, but this morning I thought it was Tuesday, and this afternoon I thought it was Thursday. I even did my Thursday Discussion of the Day for my Inky Stampin' Friends today. Then I had to go back and check to make sure I did my Commercials for the groups I'm in today. I will probably think tomorrow is Friday.

Made some logos for a church that I manage their website. I have 7 websites I take care of now. It's not a difficult job, just time consuming at times. I enjoy doing it though, so it's okay.

My catboys are driving me crazy. Let me tell you the story of their cat door. They used to have a cat door that came in our kitchen window. It was open all the time as it was under our screened porch, although it had an actual door that we could close and latch if we needed to. Hubby made them an entrance into the porch, then they would come up a ramp, into the kitchen, and then onto the floor.

Well, one night I was sitting at the kitchen table stamping (it was quite late - I couldn't sleep), and I hear a noise behind me. Thinking it's a cat, I take my time turning around, and lo and behold, there is an opossum in my kitchen sink, drinking water from a cup.

Scott was in bed, so I went yelling into the bedroom for him to get up and get the opossum out of the kitchen. They can be quite mean, you know, if you corner them, and they have sharp little teeth. I could just see myself getting rabies from an oppossum. NOT! Anyway, I couldn't get him to wake up, so back to the kitchen I went.

I started shooing the blasted thing out of the kitchen. It went straight to the cat door, opened it up and went down the ramp, leading me to believe it had been in my kitchen before. Needless to say, I closed and latched the door so it couldn't get back in. It tried, though.

So, we no longer have a cat door. And cats, being nocturnal, want to come in and out all night. So they sit under the bedroom window and meow until someone gets up and lets them in. And who do you think that is? Hmmmm???? Yes, it's me! Or mostly me. Occasionally Scott will hear them and let them in, but usually I am the door-person.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday - Monday - Monday

Well, it's Monday, and back to work time. After 4 days off, it's hard to get back in the grind. I think Rachel was almost late for school, but she was getting out of the truck as the bell rang, so maybe she made it.

Yesterday was such a weird day. Scott was going fishing early, and I had all these plans of stuff I wanted to do while he was gone. I remember getting up and letting Shadow, my cat, in at 8:30, then I went back to bed and didn't get up until 12:30 p.m.! So much for getting everything done that I wanted to do. Of course, then I couldn't go back to sleep last night. And this morning I didn't want to get up.

I'll have to find pictures of Boots and Shadow, our two cat-boys, so I can post them here. Sometimes I want to kill them (when they want to run in and out all night), but they are our 2 babies. They used to have a cat-door until I found an oppossum in my kitchen. That's a whole other story.

Need to go figure out what I'm putting on special this week. Gotta make some money.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Saturday



This is a card I made using one of the new My Paper Moon images. I really like the way it turned out. I did it on watercolor paper.

Today was a good day. I finished reading a book I started yesterday, I worked on addressing my Christmas cards, got over half done, and went Christmas Shopping. I'm about 90% done on that, too, so life is good.

Scott built a fire in the firepit and grilled steaks for dinner. Yummy! They were good! We had twice baked potatoes, too.

Tomorrow he's going fishing in the morning and I'll work on my paperwork for awhile. I got the laundry done today, so tomorrow afternoon I'll be free to do whatever I want.

That's all for now. Nite nite.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving and Work

Well, as you can see, I didn't post yesterday, Thanksgiving. That's because we were having too much fun! We went to my daughter's house to spend Thanksgiving with her and her family (minus Rachel, who went to Orlando with her other grandmother). Christy (my daughter), cooked the turkey. Only she let some of the drippings run all over the oven floor. So, when they pre-heated the oven to put the rolls in, the oven caught on fire and blew the door open. Flames were shooting up. Fortunately Scott, my husband, was right there to close the oven door, which put the flames out. But the smoke detectors went off, which is a good thing, only with tile floor they reverberate. The house was filled with smoke, so we opened all the doors and windows for the smoke to billow out. I'm surprised the neighbors didn't call the fire department. We finally got to sit down to eat, by which time everything was cold, but it was good anyway. Then we all vegged out the rest of the afternoon.

Today (Friday) the weather can't decide if it wants to be warm or cold, but that's okay, I'm inside working my fingers to the bone. I installed a new copy of Quickbooks on my computer in August, so I'm having to re-create all the invoices and stuff from January 1 through July 31, because tax time is coming. That means entering all the inventory again, all the bills, all the orders. Ugh! It's not an easy job and will take me a couple more days working all day. Why do I decide to change versions in the middle of the year? Am I nuts? This was supposed to be a day off from work, and what am I doing? I'd rather be pressing rubber than bookwork.

Well, it's time to go back to work. Hope you got a lot of shopping done today.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Another Autumn Picture

Snow???? In Florida?????

Yesterday I told you it was cold. Well, it really was. According to the local news, there were snow flurries last night! I think it got down to a low of 36, but with a system of moisture moving in off the coast, the moisture turned to snow! I think I'll move south...

Today is an easy day. Which is good. I have a million things I need to be doing, and not enough hours in the day to get them all done.

I'm going to post another pretty autumn picture in a bit.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Brrrr....Baby It's Cold Outside


Here's another fall picture. Pretty huh?

Brrrrr. It was way too cold this morning. I think it was somewhere in the 40's, which is pretty darned cold when you live in Florida.

So, I took Rachel to school, then came to work, and I'm all nice and snuggly warm, but it sure was hard to get out from under the covers this morning.

My brother brought me some snickerdoodles, and I'm munching on one now. For those of you who don't know what snickerdoodles are, they are scrumptious cookies, and he bakes tons of them for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I have all my Christmas cards made. I made 50 this year, which aren't enough, but not everyone is getting a hand made one. Scott's friends will get a store bought card. I made all one design this year, which is something new for me. I usually get bored making the same thing over and over and over. So, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Do you have all your Christmas shopping done? I haven't even started. Oh, well, it will get done.

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Fall Colors



These are some of the beautiful fall colors I was talking about. I miss this, living in the south where everything is green.
Hello and welcome to my new blog. Since this seems to be the rage, I thought I'd give it a shot. Here we can share techniques, tips and more, so why don't you come in, sit down, and chat awhile?

Thanksgiving is soon upon up and I love the fall colors. My favorite fall thing to stamp are leaves because of all the colors. I have a favorite stamp by The Angel Company that I use a lot, and it does well with a lot of different techniques. I'll have to hunt some of the cards up and post them so you can see the beauty.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? We're going to spend it with my daughter and her family, and I plan on eating lots of turkey.